Why do films continue to star Natalie Portman?

By jaredmoshe | Jared Moshé's Blog March 28, 2006 at 11:45AM

Why do films continue to star Natalie Portman?
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I finally saw V for Vendetta last night. I know I'm probably supposed to write about the notion of terrorist as anti-hero (or hero?) in our modern day society and focus on the political/social statements of the film, but honestly, any problems/thoughts I might have had in regards to story structure, themes, ideas or direction were outweighed by the sheer awful performance of one Natalie Portman. And it was not just lack of one consistent British accent that did it (why hang her for something I've managed to forgive Kevin Costner for). No, she's a chronic over actor who uses the "wide eyed stare" to show innocence like a cook trying to cover up rotten meat with too many spices. And I know what you're thinking - you liked her in the professional? Well, guess what 1994 and she was 12. How many of you get judged for something you did when you were 12?